October 26, 2009 12:15 AM
I'm pretty sure you guys are tired of hearing about my indecisiveness, but I just wanted to say that I've decided what to do! Well, for now, at least. I'm definitely not going to graduate early so that I can spend my time wisely at Berkeley. For next semester, I'm already signed up to take PMB C112/L (General Microbiology and Lab) and ESPM 12 (Bioethics). The only problem is that on Thursday, the bioethics lecture goes from 2-3:30 and the microbio lab lecture goes from 3-4 pm. I really hope one of them is webcast, but I highly doubt it. Perhaps I can find a nice friend in one of the classes who will let me copy his or her notes for the last 20 minutes of bioethics or for the first 20 minutes of lab lecture.
I also have my research lab and prep lab next semester. Before I got into the research lab, I really wasn't that interested in research at all. I think I actually mentioned this fact at my interview...probably not a very smart move, but I somehow manged to get in. Even though research is pretty time-consuming, it's very relaxing and not stressful at all since you really can't rush some of these things. My lab manager pretty much laughed at me for standing in front of the autoclave watching the countdown. Lab has really helped me understand scientific concepts introduced in some of my other classes. Sometimes learning about a biochemical assay requires more than just memorizing it for a test; you have to do that assay yourself.
I really think that everyone should have some research lab experience, even if you're like me and you don't plan on doing research after college. Research lab is completely different from the ochem labs with the method completely outlined for you. Someone will be there to guide you, but for the most part, you're on your own and that's how you learn.
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